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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc W View Post
    I shoot LF up to 8x10 and my eyes are ... old. You know how it goes. I have been using a five buck loupe and I think it is time to get a decent one.

    Suggestions?
    I use a Peak 10x focussing loupe. With any loupe, it's important to be certain it's focussed on the texture of the groundglass. Do this by removing the lens and pointing the canera so the GG is illuminated, focus the loupe so the texture is clearly seen and either lock or tape the loupe at that setting.
    The trouble with reading glasses is that you cannot do this - do you really want to go to the trouble and expense of 8x10 (or any other format) and do half a job of focussing?

    I stated what I use, this works very well for me, my eyes, and my way of working. It may not work well at all for you. It's probably best to try as many different types and powers as you can.

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    I use a drapers glass, but with any magnifying glass the quality is very important. Going for a cheap one is a false economy.

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

    Francis Bacon

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    I use a Horizon 8X model GHZ103 for critical focusing. It is a very good loupe and got good reviews when new. A pair of .5 to 1 power higher reading glasses on over your standard reading glasses works well also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Shiu View Post
    I have heard you can use a regular 50mm lens from a 35mm camera and use it reversed as a loupe.

    Jon
    I've read this as well but have not yet tried it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jumbosilverette View Post
    I've read this as well but have not yet tried it.
    I've not used it for focusing on ground glass as I'm not a LF guy, but reversing a 50mm lens does work rather well for viewing 35mm slides.
    ME Super

    Shoot more film.
    There are eight ways to put a slide into a projector tray. Seven of them are wrong.

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    I have 40X Microscope loupe. It does have a very bright lamp , It can be focusable also. Its coming from Stamp Collectors online shop , its very cheap and high quality to check engravings on stamps and banknotes. But aligning your eye is difficult. Look for stamp shops , there are many options

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    I use a Wista (#211046) and I think it's a nice moderately priced loupe. I don't ever use the clear skirt that came with it, but it's there if you need it. It has a diopter adjustment which is also handy.

    Mine was a gift, but if you shop around you should find a good price on it.

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    I've used many different loupes over the years and then I stumbled I to a deal on a Schneider 6X ASPH and I can't believe the difference. Worth well more than what I paid.

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    i recently bought a rodenstock 4x magnifier form ebay. very good and sharp loupe!

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    Thanks for all of these suggestions. I am looking around and may even try the homemade version.

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